INSTITUTE OF SPIRITUALITY AND COUNSELLING
Director: Dr. Dr Francis Thonippara, CMI
Administrative Council/Residential Staff
Prof. Dr. Paulachan Kochappilly (President)
Dr. Joy Philip Kakkanattu, CMI (Dean,Faculty of Theology)
Dr Francis Thonippara, CMI (Convener)
Dr. Jose Thadavanal, CMI
Dr. Mathew Maniampra, CMI
Dr. Wilson Chakkyath, CMI
Dr. Anto Vattakuzhy, CMI
Fr. Thomas Joseph Parayil, CMI
Dr. Sr. Vimala Chenginimattam, CMC
Dr. Sr. Mary Julit, CMC
Courses Offered by the Institute:
LTh in Formative Spiritualityand Counselling
MA in Formative Spiritualityand Counselling
Diploma in FormativeSpirituality and Counselling
PG Diploma in SpiritualTheology (DADE)
PGDiploma in Counselling Psychology (DADE)
In June 1992, Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, in response to the repeatedrequests from Bishops and Major Superiors of religious Institutes in India,started a systematic diploma programme of one full academic year (twosemesters) with a rich academic and practical course of study for the benefitof the formation personnel of various religious congregations and dioceses. Thepurpose of the programme was to prepare competent formators who could fostergrowth and wholeness in themselves as well as in the youth entrusted to theircare. After running the programme for five years, in 1997, the DVK authoritiesbegan to think of upgrading this programme into a Master’s programme which willpromote a balanced blending of spirituality and psychology, enriching andequipping the future formators of the Church for more effective works ofevangelization. The Congregation for Catholic Education in accord with thestatutes of the Pontifical Athenaeum approved the Master of Arts programme inFormative Spirituality on 12th December 2003, thus authorizing theFaculty of Theology of Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram to grant the MA in FormativeSpirituality and Counselling. TheCongregation for Catholic Education in its letter of promulgation dated 12December 2003 (Prot. N.946/2000/21-727/79) given through the Syro-Malabar MajorArchbishop Mar Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil, the Chancellor of Dharmaram VidyaKshetram, says that they commend the director and his collaborators in theirefforts to maintain the proper balance between culture and faith, betweenspirituality and psychology, and between academic and practical aspects of theprogramme of study. It was made an Institute of Spirituality and Counselling inthe year 2004 for its growth and effective functioning as directed from theCongregation for Catholic Education, Rome. In 2010, the Congregation forCatholic Education recognised the syllabus of M.A. Formative Spirituality andCounselling of Vinayasadhana and granted permission to confer Licentiate (L. Th) in Formative Spirituality andCounselling to those who are eligible for the degree (Prot. N.946/2000).
a) The L. Th., M.A., and Diploma programmes are meant to prepare competent formators who canfoster growth and wholeness in the adolescents and the youth entrusted to theircare. The specific objectives of thecourses are as follows:
b) To enhance thewould-be formators to impart religious and Christian leadership training atDiocesan, Congregational, and parish levels.
c) To promote abalanced blending of culture and faith, spirituality and psychology andacademic and practical aspects, enriching and equipping the future formatorswith the skills for more effective evangelization.
d) To help them offerpsycho-spiritual counselling to the individuals as well as groups at schools,colleges, hospitals, and other institutions.
a) For LTh inFormative Spirituality and Counselling:
b) A bachelor’s degree(BA, BSc) from a recognized college or university or an equivalent degree.
c) Bachelor ofTheology (BTh) or its equivalent from any Theological Institute or University.
d) The applicant must bebelow 45 years of age. In certain cases, the age requirement may be relaxed atthe discretion of the competent authority, after an aptitude test issuccessfully completed.
e) An interview andexamination if required.
f) For the admissionto the MA in Formative Spirituality and Counselling:
g) The applicant mustbe below 45 years of age. In certain cases, the age requirement may be relaxedat the discretion of the competent authority, after an aptitude test issuccessfully completed.
h) A bachelor’s degree(BA, BSc) from a recognized college or university or an equivalent degree.
i) Adequatetheological studies at any Catholic Theological Institute or University.
j) An interview andexamination if required.
k) For admission to 2ndyear MA a minimum high second class (55%) in the first year MA is required.
l) For the admissionto the Diploma programme:
m) The applicant mustbe below 45 years of age. In certain cases, the age requirement may be relaxedat the discretion of the Director, after an aptitude test is successfullycompleted.
n) A higher secondarycertificate with the minimum marks of 50% or any higher degree from arecognized school or college.
o) An adequatetheological study at any Catholic Theological Institute or University is highlyappreciated.
p) An interview andexam, if required.
a) The applicant mustsubmit the following:
b) A completedapplication form
c) Officialtranscripts, certificates, and/or diplomas from all previously attendedinstitutions, colleges and universities.
d) A letter ofrecommendation from the applicant’s major superior/local ordinary.
e) Health certificate.
For foreignstudents: passport number, time of expiry of visa, nature of visa, etc.Photocopies of important pages of passport.